2006 in History – What happened in year 2006

In history, year 2006 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 2006.

Know what happened in 2006:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
01 AprilAs mandated by a 2005 Act of the British Parliament, several British policing agencies joined together to become very serious and organised.
02 AprilOver 60 tornadoes touched down in the central United States, killing 27 people and causing about US$1.1 billion in damages.
07 JuneAbu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, waskilled when the United States Air Force bombed his safehouse nearBaqubah.
07 OctoberRussian journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskayawas assassinated in the elevator of her apartment block in centralMoscow.
09 AugustBritish police arrested 24 people for conspiring to detonateliquid explosives carried on board at least 10 airliners travelling fromthe United Kingdom to the United States and Canada.
09 OctoberNorth Korea conducted a nuclear test, reportedly near Kilchu,with an explosive force of less than one kiloton, that was unanimouslycondemned and denounced by many countries and the United NationsSecurity Council.
10 November Prominent Sri Lankan Tamil politician and human rights lawyerNadarajah Raviraj was assassinated in Colombo.
11 DecemberThe International Conference to Review the Global Vision of theHolocaust opened in Tehran 'to provide an appropriate scientificatmosphere for scholars to offer their opinions in freedom about ahistorical issue', but was criticised worldwide as a 'meeting ofHolocaust deniers'.
17 FebruaryA massive landslide in the Philippine province of Southern Leyte killed over 1,000 people.
17 September Mass protests across Hungary erupted after Prime MinisterFerenc Gyurcsány's private speech was leaked to the public, in which headmitted that the Hungarian Socialist Party had lied to win the 2006election.
19 January In the deadliest aviation accident in Slovak history, an Antonov An-24 aircraft operated by the Slovak Air Force crashed in northern Hungary, killing 42 of the 43 people on board.
19 JuneThe ceremonial 'first stone' of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault,a facility established to preserve a wide variety of plant seeds fromlocations worldwide in an underground cavern in Spitsbergen, Norway, waslaid.
20 March Cyclone Larry made landfall in Far North Queensland, eventually causing nearly AU$1 billion in total damage and destroying over 80 percent of Australia's banana crop.
21 March A man using a hammer smashed the statue of Phra Phrom in the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, and was subsequently beaten to death by bystanders.
22 AugustPulkovo Airlines Flight 612 crashed near the Russian borderover eastern Ukraine, killing all 170 people on board.
22 FebruaryAt least six men staged Britain's biggest cash robbery ever, stealing £53,116,760 in bank notes from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent.
22 March The remaining three Christian Peacemaker Teams hostages were rescued from their Iraqi captors by a multinational force.
23 AugustNatascha Kampusch, who had been abducted at the age of 10 inVienna, escaped from her captor Wolfgang Priklopil after eight years incaptivity.
24 MayAn Inconvenient Truth, a documentary film about former UnitedStates Vice President Al Gore's campaign to educate citizens aboutglobal warming, was released.
25 JuneIsraeli soldier Gilad Shalit was kidnapped in a cross-borderraid from the Gaza Strip on the crossing Kerem Shalom, and was heldhostage by Hamas until 2011.
26 DecemberThe Hengchun earthquake struck off the southwest coast ofTaiwan, on the anniversaries of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake thatdevastated coastal communities across Southeast and South Asia, and ofthe 2003 Bam earthquake that destroyed areas of southeastern Iran.
29 September Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907 collided in mid-air with anEmbraer Legacy business jet near Peixoto de Azevedo, Mato Grosso,Brazil, killing 154 people, and triggering a Brazilian aviation crisis.
30 DecemberMV Senopati Nusantara, an Indonesian ferry, sank in the JavaSea during a storm, killing at least 400 people.
30 July Lebanon War-The Israeli Air Force attacked a three-storybuilding near the South Lebanese village of Qana, killing at least 28civilians, including 16 children.
04 DecemberSix black youths in Jena, Louisiana, US, assaulted a whiteteenager; the subsequent court case would become a cause célèbre.
30 DecemberFormer President of Iraq Saddam Hussein was executed afterbeing found guilty of crimes against humanity by the Iraqi SpecialTribunal.
21 NovemberFollowing the death of Anastasius II, both Symmachus andLaurentius were elected pope, causing a schism that would last until 506.
19 SeptemberThe Royal Thai Army overthrew the elected government of ThaiPrime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra while he was in New York City for ameeting of the United Nations General Assembly.
04 AugustSri Lankan Civil War-Seventeen employees of the French INGOACF International were massacred in Muttur.
14 AugustThe United Nations brokered a ceasefire in the Lebanon Warbetween Lebanon and Israel.

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